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Concord tackles contract for county road plowing, IDA

CONCORD — The Concord Town Board received communication from 59th District Sen. Patrick Gallivan, which was read, during its June 13 meeting.

Gallivan said that recently proposed legislation “would allow every town in Erie County that currently does not have an [industrial development agency] to access the town IDA of neighboring towns. This will help our region grow, in an intelligent way, by requiring that towns work together, on projects that will benefit the entire region.”

The letter said that if the town of Concord does not wish to participate in this legislation, the board should inform the district office, so that the bill can be amended, to “remove the town of Concord.”

In another matter, during his monthly report, Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains said that concrete for the drainage pipes on Davis Road have all been repaired and sealed with mortar mix. Asphalt hot patches and drag paving operations have been completed in the Abbott Hill Road area, Transit Line Road, Middle Road and Davis Hill Road. A total of 266.68 tons of asphalt have been used.

The town mowers have been addressing the issue of roadside shoulders. “The department also assisted in town-wide trash pick-up and 34 appliances for E-waste shall be recycled,” he said.

Dains expressed his appreciation to the board, for allowing him to attend the annual highway school, held at Ithaca College, in conjunction with the Cornell Roads Program. “The visit helped provide innovative ways for keeping our town roads in the best condition,” he said.

Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito broached the topic of plowing county roads. “Although I cannot express the dollar amount, last year brought a loss in currency, for plowing in Erie County,” he said, adding that a contract would need to be set in place, for the continuation of county road plowing.

In other matters:
– The minutes from the Southtowns Community Enhancement Coalition’s April 11 meeting were accepted.

– Town Clerk Darlene Schweikert announced that Board Member Paul Salzler met with Mazur Construction and E&M Engineer Representative Garrett Hacker, at the Lucy Bensley Center. “The contractors found additional work that should be completed,” she said.

– Eppolito noted that one candidate has applied for the position of appointed assessor. Board Member William Snyder requested that “no action be taken tonight, because, at the May 9 meeting, a motion was made, authorizing Supervisor Eppolito to advertise for an interim assessor and the advertisement had not been placed.”

– The town park will be utilized for the annual Tammy Gasper Memorial Softball Tournament on Aug. 10.

– A letter of resignation from Ruby Bruce, who was appointed by the current assessor, was tabled for discussion. If accepted, Bruce’s retirement from Concord will be effective Sept. 30, after 34 years of work.

The next Concord Town Board meeting will be held on Thursday July 11 at 7 p.m., at the Concord Town Hall.

A public hearing, to discuss the proposal of a Cattaraugus Street water district, will also be held, that evening.
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